Learn the old and nearly forgotten craft of carving a stringed marionette puppet straight from a small branch. You'll learn to find the puppet in the tree, design, carve using just a whittling knife and small axe, and slowly create a timeless little companion to join you on life's adventures. There are only a handful of people making puppets this way throughout the world, so join professional wood carver and craftsman, Jeff Donne to learn the pleasures of slow carving and breathing new life into an old craft and a new hand carved friend.
About Jeff the Spoonsmith Jeff Donne is one of only a handful of people worldwide who have chosen to chase a living from the simple art of making wooden spoons. His journey started 20 years ago as a traditional chair maker, and it went the way of the spoon soon after sitting down with a knife and a stick and making his first wonky creation. Explaining , his choice to make a living from the humble wooden spoon, Jeff says that focussing on such a small thing that's fairly easy to make but impossible to master has given him plenty of time to think about the real motivation that drives him, which is a simple life dedicated to his craft and the people he holds dearest. "We're a spoon carving family!" he says, "and it makes me ridiculously happy to know that my two young children are already learning this old craft and champing at the bit to keep it going". "Like many traditional crafts it's about far more than the end product; it's about connecting the mind with your hands, and thinking about the role of nature in providing the raw material and inspiration to make a whole load of spoons!" "After carving and selling spoons for a while I started teaching people how to get going in this beautiful little craft, and this has turned out to be an awesome experience as I get to travel around and meet lots of people who have decided for a whole heap of reasons to jump in and coax a spoon from a log." You can read more about Jeff and his journey into spoons at www.spoonsmith.com.au and http://themeraki.com.au/the-spoonsmith-its-a-thing-jeff-donne/